American luger Emily Sweeney in horror crash at Winter Olympics

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Emily Sweeney's Olympic debut ended with a frightening crash Tuesday in PyeongChang, South Korea.

"The final run of women's singles luge is now ongoing, but it has been marred by a very scary moment, as USA's Emily Sweeney suffered a nasty crash and did not finish".

She was taken to hospital for assessment.

Sue Sweeney, centre, the mother of Emily Sweeney of the United States, cries out as her daughter crashes on the final run during the women's luge final.

Sweeney, 24, had problems with curves 8 and 9 in the course before she crashed, said USA Luge on Facebook. As Sweeney was reaching Curve 9, which has developed a reputation among Olympic lugers for being so slippery and hard to handle, she slid upward so that her feet smashed into the right (upper) wall, which sent her careening back down into the left wall.

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Many in the crowd looked at the monitors, horrifed. It wasn't long, however, before Sweeney was able to stand up and walk off the ice, and she was met with resounding cheers and applause from fans and spectators.

"I know I caught a good amount of air going in to (turn) 12, and I just couldn't stop it", Sweeney told NBC after the accident.

"Emily was picked up and brought to the finish building where an initial examination was given by the medical staff", according to the post, "It was determined that, while feeling bruised and sore, she was OK".

After a brief delay, the competition resumed.

Sweeney is in her first Olympics.

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